It’s June. In Alberta that means grade 12 students are busy finishing off courses and writing their final examinations, including the Provincial Diploma exams. Graduation ceremonies are taking place celebrating accomplishments: cheers are heard, pictures are taken, beautiful gowns are worn, presents are given.
However, many gifts don’t last long.
Isaiah 40:8 reminds us that things on earth, like grass and flowers, are temporary. One day they are here; the next day it’s as if the green grass and colorful flowers never existed. But God’s Word is permanent. The Holy Bible contains 66 books written by at least 40 different authors in three different languages (Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic) over a period of 1,500 years. People work diligently in many countries translating the Bible into the mother tongue of people who have no written alphabet. To date over 471 language groups have a complete Bible to read and study. Over 2,000 other language groups have no Bible in their own language. Many people have tried to destroy the Bible by burning it and banning it. But still it endures.
The Word of God makes lasting change in people. Liars, thieves, adulterers, and all other conceivable sorts of sinners are saved by allowing God’s Word to change their hearts. The truth of God’s Word sets people free to be all that God created them to be.
This year I would like to encourage you to give a gift that lasts – either an actual Bible or a devotional book. At the beginning of this year I was given the opportunity to contribute to a devotional book for high school graduates. This book, Rise, has 32 weeks of readings written specifically for students entering their first year of college or university. It deals with topics like making choices, being away from home, money, and developing a personal relationship with God.
Give a gift that will last.
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Ruth L. Snyder was privileged to spend the first 10 years of her life in southern Africa where her parents served as missionaries. She now resides close to Glendon (the pyrogy capital of Alberta, Canada) with her husband and five young children. Ruth enjoys writing articles, devotionals, short stories, and Christian fiction. She is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. Ruth currently serves as the President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.
Ruth’s children have taught her many things about living with special needs. She is a strong advocate and spent several years serving on the local public school board. Ruth loves her job teaching Music for Young Children. She is fascinated by children’s imaginations and enjoys helping young children learn the basics of music through play.
In her spare time, Ruth enjoys reading, crafts, volunteering in her local community, photography, and travel. Several years ago, Ruth and her family traveled through 28 States in 30 days! Find out more about Ruth and her writing at http://ruthlsnyder.com